Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Hunt (film)

One of my favourite actors, Mads Mikkelsen, is starring in a Danish film entitled The Hunt (original title in Danish is Jagten) which will be shown at the Barn Theatre by Seaford Community Cinema next Friday. I think Mikkelsen's last screen appearance locally was in En kongelig affaere, a romantic period drama, but The Hunt is a very different prospect.

The 15 certificate film was directed by Thomas Vinterberg and shows how a man's life is wrecked when he becomes the victim of mass hysteria following an untrue accusation of sexual assault. The Hunt premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 where Mads Mikkelsen was awarded the Best Actor award.

Lucas (Mikkelsen) takes a temporary nursery school job in the run up to Christmas after cutbacks mean he is made redundant from his permanent teaching post. He settles in well to his new life until he upsets his best friend's daughter by refusing a gift. In revenge, she tells her school administrator that he exposed himself to her. The school administrator calls in a child psychologist and a 'witch hunt' rapidly gathers pace.

Tickets £6 adults, £5 members, Fri 19th Apr, 19:30.
Available online or in person from Seaford Tourist Office. There may also be tickets left on the door but the Seaford Cinema nights are very popular so don't rely on this!